Early on when I started my blog I was amazed and then slightly overwhelmed by the awards doing the rounds in the blogosphere. I loved the acknowledgement from other bloggers of the work I was doing, but I also felt a bit like they had turned into chain mail. What I do recognise is that these style of awards that are shared and bestowed by my fellow bloggers are a great way to expand your blogging community and grow your exposure. So if I’ve mentioned you in this particular post, please don’t feel pressured to respond. I do so to share what I admire with other people around me and hope that they also gain something from your little space on the web. After all we would not blog if we did not want people to see what we are doing.
The Liebster Award is particularly created to help build your audience, being awarded to blogs you admire with less than 200 followers. What it asks of you is the following:
- post 11 random facts about yourself
- answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
- nominate 11 bloggers and create 11 question for the bloggers you pass the award to (just quietly I’m beginning to wonder where the number 11 came from…..)
- make sure your nominees are new blogs (no back tagging) and don’t forget to tell them about it.
And now for me to respond to the questions I’ve been asked…..
but firstly some random stuff about me:
- The smell of saffron evokes rich memories of celebrating Lucia in my childhood
- I can’t think of a better sound to indicate celebration than the popping of a champagne cork
- is like my Mum, I laugh very loudly, often too loudly (but I love that people tell me it makes them laugh)
- I consider cooking to be one of the best expressions of my artistic talents because it taps into all of our senses like no other medium I know
- I love thunderstorms
- Food is a part of my life language
- I wish I made more time to paint, to draw, and to be creative
- I love inspiring people
- I believe in the power of meditation
- I told my Mum at 18 years of age that I couldn’t cook…. look at me now!
- I will never stop travelling
and now to the questions asked of me… (I’ve combined a few here as they double up)
- why blog & why do I love it? I love to cook and find blogging a great way to inspire me to try new recipes, ingredients, techniques, to share food conversations with people who are similarly passionate, to think more about what and why I do what I do in the kitchen, and finally to put a little bit of creativity into my life by playing with my camera and thinking about settings, plating and lighting when I’m presenting my food.
- red or white wine? to be honest I do think its a bit rude you are making me choose but if I have to… Red, preferably from the Barossa Valley in South Australia.
- what food is your guilty pleasure? probably butter and cheese. I shouldn’t eat either with a Dairy allergy. I try to err with moderation where I can.
- where does my inspiration come from? Ingredients at a farmers market, other people’s blogs, what I have in the fridge, conversations about childhood memories, recipe books and magazines, recommendations from friends and colleagues, the seasons, and probably most importantly from my taste buds
- what is your favourite/can’t live without kitchen tool? Sincerely its my knives, a wooden spoon & a pair of tongs, but if it was more about something specialist then it has to be my microplane.
- chocolate or lemon? oh dear, more unfair choices….and really I would fence sit on this choice as I love both so much depending on my mood.
- coast or country/mountain, ocean or lake? I love the water so anything near water is a winner, in particular for me, the ocean.
- what is my favourite cookbook? Cook books inspire me, but my go to guide when I need cooking help is always Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion. It is great for inspiration but also for advice when you find yourself with an ingredient that you don’t know how to prepare.
- what is my favourite food to cook? I think I would have to go with a sentimental favourite of mine which is my gingerbread. It sparks the beginning of the festive season for me, and Christmas is not quite complete without it.
- Name your favourite lazy Sunday Dish? I’d probably go with pasta as my easy to make lazy meal. Topped with pesto or a napolitana sauce and a few veggies thrown in, or even just with a bit of cheese, its filling, comforting and literally takes no more than 15 minutes to make.
- Where would you love to visit? As I mentioned already, I am a traveller, in fact I’ve spent the past 13 years working in travel I like it so much. That being said, I have a very long list of places I would like to go, some I’ve been to before, some are still on the bucket list. Right now at the top though is Vietnam. For the food, the textiles, the culture, the people & the scenery.
- where did you grow up? I grew up in the Yarra Valley in Victoria Australia. Home to fine wines, good food, and amazing scenery.
- Outside family, who would you most like to have as a dinner guest? I can think of nothing better than having all my closest friends flown in from around the globe for a massive dinner party. On a side note, I do wonder what it would be like to have a dinner with all my favourite bloggers… I doubt there would be a shortage of conversation!
And here is to a few of my favourite blogs in no particular order. I’ll be honest and say I haven’t paid too much attention to their audience size, just that if you’re not already following them, then I think they are definitely worth checking out. They all inspire me to try new recipes, get the creative juices flowing and leave me in awe of their beautiful photography and great ideas.
- Cottage Grove House
- Cate’s Kitchen Adventures
- A Teaspoon of Love
- Playing with Flour
- Brown Paper Belle
- Katie at the Kitchen Door
- The Hungry Mum
- Homemade Delish
and that’s it folks. I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit more about me.
Thank you for all your feedback and encouragement on this blog. I love the challenge its given me, learning new recipes, stretching my creativity and the spark of inspiration that it generates. I can’t wait to continue to bring you foodie adventures.
Happy Cooking & Happy Eating,